All the mills I have seen have belt and sprocket reductions. Any reasons, you couldn't use a motor with a speed controller???:s12138:a
Coooll idea:biggrin: I live in New Bedford, MA.:les: We have to biggest fishing fleet on the east coast.:yes: Got to check the junkyard.:les:Many years ago I was the captain of a small tug boat. My boat and most other tugs used a wench (no, the other kind) with a planetary reduction gear and a relatively small hydraulic motor. if you are around any maritime industry, these wenches can be found cheap at a marine surplus yard. the planetary gear with an electric motor adapted to it might do the trick. or stay with the original hydraulic system.